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What's New in Ivy Bridge CPUs and the Z77 Motherboard Platform?

The Intel DZ77GA-70K (Intel Z77) Motherboard

The Intel DZ77GA-70K (Intel Z77) Motherboard

For those of you who have been following developments of the new Ivy Bridge processors and 7-series motherboards closely, you would know that we have already previewed a handful of Z77 motherboards in the past few weeks. For those who have yet to check out our previews, here's the list of boards:

Today, we'll be taking a look at how a reference Z77 motherboards looks like and it comes in the form of the Intel DZ77GA-70K. The motherboard comes from Intel's "Extreme" lineup, which means it was designed with enthusiasts in mind. Aesthetically, it doesn’t look much different from any 6-series board. And like most Intel reference boards, it looks more simple and less decorated than those from its partners. Of note, the heatsinks are more compact and less dominant.

Here’s a quick look at the Intel reference board.